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					Meet the Speakers
2010 ASTPHND Annual Meeting
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Lewis H. Clarke, III has a long history with public health programs in the Department of Health. Lewis is currently the
Associate Director of the Bureau of Nutrition Risk Reduction (BNRR) and the Director of the NYS Commodity
Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). He also continues to direct the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance
Program, also known as HPNAP, and has had that assignment for over 20 years. He has experience with other programs
within the Department of Health as well, including functioning as Director of the Asbestos Control Program and the
Toxic Substance Assessment Programs with the Division of Environmental Health. In addition, Lewis has had a lot of
experience with research science, working for such companies as Wadsworth Laboratories and Johnson & Johnson.

Kevin Concannon was nominated by President Obama and Secretary Vilsack and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in July
2009 to serve as Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services in the United States Department of
Agriculture. In this capacity, he has principal responsibility and funding authority for the Food and Nutrition Service
which feeds an estimated 20 percent of the U.S. population, as well as lead responsibility for promoting healthy eating
through the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. Working in partnership with state and local organizations,
Under Secretary Concannon’s department oversees the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly
known as the Food Stamp Program, which serves over 35 million Americans each month; the National School Lunch,
School Breakfast, and Summer Food Service Programs; the Child and Adult Care Food Program; and the Special
Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Under Secretary Concannon has had a
lengthy and distinguished career in public service, having served as Director of State Health and Human Services
departments in Maine, Oregon, and Iowa. He has championed expanded services, improved access, alternatives to
institutions, consumer choices, affordable health care, diversity in workplace and programs, and modernization of public
information technology systems. He has served in a number of national organizations, including as President of the
American Public Welfare Association and President of the National Association of State Mental Health Program
Directors. He has received a number of awards, including the Lifetime Human Services Award from the American Public
Human Services Association in 2007. A native of Portland, Maine, Under Secretary Concannon holds a master’s degree in
social work from Saint Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. He has taught graduate courses at the University
Connecticut, Portland State University in Oregon, and the University of Iowa.

William H. Dietz, MD, PhD – Dr. Dietz is the Director of the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity in the National
Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Prior to his appointment to the CDC, he was a Professor of Pediatrics at the Tuft's University School of Medicine, and
Director of Clinical Nutrition at the Floating Hospital of New England Medical Center Hospitals. He received his BA
from Wesleyan University in 1966 and his MD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970. Following an internship at
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, he spent 3 years in the Middle America Research Unit of the National Institute of
Allergy and Infectious Disease in Panama, studying insect borne viruses. After the completion of his residency at Upstate
Medical Center, he received a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In addition to his academic responsibilities in Boston, Dr. Dietz was a principal research scientist at the MIT/Harvard
Division of Health Science and Technology, Associate Director of the Clinical Research Center at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, and Director of the Boston Obesity/Nutrition Research Center funded by NIDDK. He has been a
councilor and past president of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, and past president of the North American
Association for the Study of Obesity. In 1995, he received the John Stalker award from the American School Food Service
Association for his efforts to improve the school lunch. Dr. Dietz served on the 1995 Dietary Guidelines Advisory
Committee. He was a member of the NIDDK Task Force on Obesity. In 1997, Dr. Dietz received the Brock Medal of
Excellence in Pediatrics from the New York Academy of Medicine. In 1998, Dr. Dietz was elected to the Institute of
Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2000, he received the William G. Anderson Award from the American
Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and was recognized for excellence in his work and
advocacy by the Association of State and Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directors. In 2002, Dr. Dietz received the
Holroyd Sherry Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for his research and advocacy on the effects of television
on children. Also in 2002, he was elected as an honorary member of the American Dietetic Association. He is the author of
over 150 publications in the scientific literature, and the editor of two books, including A Guide to Your Child's

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Beth Dixon is an Associate Professor of Public Health Nutrition in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public
Health at New York University. As a nutritional epidemiologist, Dr. Dixon studies the dietary patterns and health of
different populations, including children and immigrants. She also evaluates health and nutrition policies, especially to
improve maternal and child nutrition. She has received two Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grants to evaluate the
nutrition and physical activity policies of NYC daycare centers in an effort to reduce obesity and improve the lifestyles of
young children. She is also working with colleagues to evaluate the NYC calorie labeling policy in restaurants. At NYU,
Dr. Dixon directs the MPH-public health nutrition concentration. At the national level, Dr. Dixon is past Chair of the
Food and Nutrition Section of the American Public Health Association, and is current President of the Association of
Graduate Programs in Public Health Nutrition.

Karen Donato, as the Coordinator of Overweight and Obesity Research Applications for the National Heart, Lung, and
Blood Institute, develops education and outreach strategies and materials for health professionals, community
organizations, and high-risk individuals about prevention and treatment of obesity. She serves as the Team Leader for
the We Can! ® national education program from NIH to help prevent overweight and obesity in children and youth .
 And, she currently is serving as the Program Manager for the update to the Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation,
and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults, previously released by NHLBI and NIDDK in 1998. For the past year, she
has served as Acting Chief of the Enhanced Dissemination and Utilization Branch in NHLBI’s Division for the
Application of Research Discoveries where she has worked on a number of projects to enhance outreach to community
organizations reaching underserved populations. She has spent her career in a number of positions at the National
Institutes of Health, serving as the Coordinator of Nutrition Education and Special Initiatives, Coordinator for Patient
and Professional Nutrition Education, and the Acting Chief of the Health Education Branch. She holds a master’s in
nutrition from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Michael Fraser is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs in
Washington, DC, the premiere professional association for state MCH leaders and partners nationwide. Dr. Fraser has
been CEO of AMCHP since August, 2007 where he has worked with the AMCHP Board and membership to energize and
invigorate AMCHP’s support of state maternal and child health programs and provide leadership on issues impacting
women, children and families. If you ask him, he’ll say he has never had a better job. And he means it. And funnily
enough he just received the 2009 ―Young and Aspiring CEO‖ award from Association Trends magazine. Not that he is that
young anymore – he just made the cut off by 17 days. He also received his Certified Association Executive credential in
2010, meaning he truly is certifiable.
While Dr. Fraser desperately wanted to be an opera singer when he grew up, that didn’t pan out so he chose to study
sociology instead of music. After far too many years in school, Dr. Fraser finally received his doctorate in sociology from
the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in May, 1997 (where he also received his M.A. in sociology in 1994.) Dr.
Fraser received his B.A. in sociology from Oberlin College in 1991 where he did a lot of singing, but was never asked to
sing in an opera. Prior to joining AMCHP, Dr. Fraser was the Deputy Executive Director of the National Association of
County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) from 2002 to 2007. Prior to that, he was a Regional Program Manager
with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2001 to 2002, and a Senior Staff Fellow at the Health
Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) from 2000 to 2001. Prior to HRSA, he was a Senior Research Analyst
and Program Manager with NACCHO from 1998 to 2000. Prior to that is a long time ago, but interesting, so you can ask
him about it if you want.
Among several awards and honors, Dr. Fraser received a Distinguished Service Award from the Secretary of Health and
Human Services for exemplary teamwork, productivity, organization, and scientific excellence demonstrated during the
public health emergency response to the World Trade Center and Pentagon terrorist attacks and the anthrax
investigation. In 2002, he also received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, Office of the Director for participation in the response to the anthrax events of 2001. In 2001, Dr. Fraser
received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Primary Health
Care. Because the walls in his office are full of pictures or book shelves none of these awards is hanging on a wall.
Dr. Fraser has published several research articles and professional publications and on the adjunct faculty at the
University of Maryland’s University College. He is an avid student of leadership, and believes a good leader is always
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trying to catch up with his followers. Put him in front of an audience and he’ll talk for hours but get him in a quiet corner
away from it all and he’ll actually listen to you too. When he is not AMCHP, he is usually cooking, singing, doing yard
work or reading something about leadership, management, or organizational development.

Anthony (Tony) Geraci is the Director of Food and Nutrition for Baltimore City Public Schools. He relocated to
Baltimore from New Hampshire where he was the developer and Executive Director of First Course; a culinary training
and job placement program for people who are developmentally disabled or recovering from substance abuse or mental
illness. Tony is also a chef, a food service consultant, and the former food Service Director for the Con-Val School District
in southwestern NH. He has been an enthusiastic supporter, practitioner and architect of the National Farm-to-School
Tony is a native of New Orleans and a third generation restaurateur who did a traditional apprenticeship with four-star
hotels and restaurants throughout the U.S. More recently, he has worked with food service directors throughout the
country; streamlining their operations for purchasing, introducing local products to their menus, and incorporating
vocational training. He was also featured in the film ―Angry Moms,‖ a documentary about the national school lunch
program. His New Hampshire program was cited as a ―Best Practices‖ example of one of the most innovative approaches
to school nutrition in the nation. Tony’s work has been featured in Gourmet Magazine, The Atlantic, Urbanite, The Diane
Rehm Show, the Food Network, The Washington Post and a host of other radio, print and television appearances.
Since his arrival in Baltimore this summer Tony has increased the breakfast participation in the schools from 8500 meals
per day to more than 35,000 breakfasts served each day. His department has taken over a city-owned (but abandoned) 33
acre farm which is now being used for vocational training and organic food production for Baltimore City’s schools.
Tony’s focus is on nutrition and vocational training in the hospitality industry for the kids of Baltimore. Baltimore City
Public Schools is the first School system in the nation to offer a ―Meatless Monday‖ menu served in all of its 200 plus
schools and all of its fresh fruits and vegetables are now being purchased from Maryland farms.

Suzanne Haydu, MPH, RD is the Nutrition and Physical Activity Coordinator for the Maternal, Child and Adolescent
Health Program of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Areas that she is passionate about are
collaboration, breastfeeding promotion, obesity reduction, folic acid, iron deficiency anemia, preconception and
adolescent nutrition. She is the first chair of the Maternal Child Health Nutrition Council. She has represented
ASTPHND as a member of the National Folic Acid Council. Suzanne is the alternate liaison for ASTPHND on the United
States Breastfeeding Committee. She enjoys her free time as an abstract water color painter.

Geraldine Henchy is the Director of Nutrition Policy at the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). FRAC is a
research, policy, public education, and advocacy center working for more effective public and private policies to eradicate
domestic hunger, and improve the health and nutrition of low-income individuals and families. Ms. Henchy’s work
includes a focus on maximizing the value of the federal food programs in obesity prevention efforts.
Ms. Henchy works on nutrition policy issues in the Child Nutrition, WIC and SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp)
programs. She currently serves on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Management Improvement Task Force and she
did serve as the consumer member on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Advisory Board.

Van Hubbard, MD, PhD - Van S. Hubbard, M.D., Ph.D. is Director, NIH Division of Nutrition Research Coordination and
Associate Director for Nutritional Sciences, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National
Institutes of Health. He is responsible for development of research initiatives and management of research programs
related to the nutritional sciences and obesity. In 2005, Dr. Hubbard was selected as the Senior Advisor to the Secretary
of DHHS on Obesity in addition to his other positions. Dr. Hubbard has been at NIH since 1976 in various positions is a
Captain within the US Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service. He currently is chair of the NIH Nutrition
Coordinating Committee and is the Department of Health and Human Services liaison for the Interagency Committee on
Human Nutrition Research. Dr. Hubbard serves as the NIH representative on numerous committees and work groups
including various Healthy People 2010 work groups and is co-lead for the Nutrition and Overweight Focus Area and the
development of the Surgeon General’s Initiative to address overweight and obesity. Additionally, he serves on several
non-federal committees such as the Committee on Nutrition of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the International

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Advisory Board of the Medical Nutrition Education Project at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Other
professional activities include serving as Professor of Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health
Sciences and as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. As a collateral duty, he
has been the Commanding Officer of the Public Health Service Disaster Medical Assistance Team. Dr. Hubbard has
received many honors from the US government, such as the Certificates of Appreciation from FDA, DHHS, and USDA.
He also has been awarded the USPHS Outstanding Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, and the Surgeon
General’s Exemplary Service Medal. Dr. Hubbard is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and Fellow
of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2000, he was made an Honorary Member of the American Dietetic Association.
In 2002, he received the George Bray Founders Award from the North American Association for the Study of Obesity. He
received his Ph.D. in biochemistry and his M.D. degree from the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth
University. He completed an internship and his residency in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota
Hospitals. His major research interests are clinical nutrition, obesity, cystic fibrosis, and nutritional modulation of
disease risk.

Ellen Jones, PhD, CHES is a health promotion, chronic disease and health policy consultant. She is a Senior Program
Consultant to the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) and consults with public and private
agencies at the national, state, and local level. She directed the Office of Health Promotion and Education at the
Mississippi State Department of Health and later worked in the Office of Policy and Planning. She is past Chair of the
DHPE Advocacy Committee, a member of the NACDD Policy and Legislative Committee, and a member of the PRC
Policy Committee. She served as Associate Editor for the journal of Health Promotion Practice in the Policy and Politics
Department. She recently worked on the YMCA/Steps success stories document Partnerships that Expand the Potential;
Building Healthy Spirit Mind and Body. She was a member of the Community Guide to Obesity Preventions
Consultation Team. Jones completed her PhD at the University of Mississippi Medical Center where her studies focused
on health information and health policy. She lives in Madison, Mississippi with husband and 3 teenagers.

David L. Katz MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP is an internationally renowned authority on nutrition, weight management,
and the prevention of chronic disease, and an internationally recognized leader in integrative medicine and patient-
centered care. He is a board certified specialist in both Internal Medicine, and Preventive Medicine/Public Health, and
Associate Professor (adjunct) in Public Health Practice at the Yale University School of Medicine. Katz is the Director
and founder (1998) of Yale University's Prevention Research Center; Director and founder of the Integrative Medicine Center at
Griffin Hospital (2000) in Derby, CT; founder and president of the non-profit Turn the Tide Foundation; and formerly the
Director of Medical Studies in Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine for eight years. Katz has published over 100
scientific papers, numerous textbook chapters, nearly a thousand newspaper columns, and 12 books to date. He is the
principal inventor of the Overall Nutritional Quality Index utilized in the NuVal™ nutrition guidance program
(, currently offered in over 500 supermarkets throughout the United States. Along with his wife,
Catherine, Katz developed the Nutrition Detectives ( and ABC
for Fitness ( health promotion programs, both active in hundreds if not
thousands of schools throughout the U.S., and abroad. Katz is a prominent voice in medical media, serving as a expert
source for most leading newspapers and magazines, serving on the editorial advisory boards of several leading health
periodicals and professional journals (including Health, Prevention, Men's Health, Best Life, and the American Journal of Health
Promotion). He contributes a monthly column to O, the Oprah Magazine; near daily blogs to Prevention Magazine
(; a weekly Preventive Medicine column to the New
Haven Register; and has served as a Medical Contributor to ABC News and a health columnist to the New York Times Syndicate.
Katz has been recognized by the Consumers Research Council of America three times (2004; 2006; 2009) as one of
America’s top physicians in Preventive Medicine and in 2009 he was named one of the 25 most influential people in the
lives of children by Children's Health magazine. He has consulted to the US Secretary of Health, the National Governors
Association, and the World Health Organization. In 2009, Katz received the Distinguished Service Award from the
Association of Yale Alumni in Public Health. Also in 2009, Dr. Katz was nominated for the position of U.S. Surgeon
General to the Obama Administration by the American College of Physicians, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the
Center for Science in the Public Interest, among other national and international health organizations. In September of 2009,
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Dr. Katz, the only speaker on the program from North America, delivered the opening keynote address during the health
symposium at the European Alpbach Forum, an annual event since 1945 at which speakers routinely include Nobel laureates,
Heads of State, and this year, the Secretary General of the United Nations.
He and Catherine have 5 children.

Michael C. Lu, MD, MPH is an associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology and public health at UCLA. Dr. Lu
received his bachelor’s degrees from Stanford University, master’s degrees from UC Berkeley, medical degree from UC
San Francisco, and residency training in obstetrics & gynecology from UC Irvine. He is widely recognized for his
research, teaching and clinical care. Dr. Lu received the 2004 American Public Health Association Young Professional
Award for his research on health disparities. He recently served on the Institute of Medicine Committee (IOM) on
Understanding Prematurity, and is currently serving on the IOM Committee to Reexamine IOM Weight Guidelines. He
is a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Select Panel on Preconception Care, and a lead
investigator for the National Children’s Study in Los Angeles. Dr. Lu teaches obstetrics and gynecology at the David
Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and maternal and child health at the UCLA School of Public Health. He has received
numerous awards for his teaching, including Excellence in Teaching Awards from the Association of Professors of
Gynecology and Obstetrics. Dr. Lu sees patients at the faculty group practice in obstetrics and gynecology at UCLA
Medical Center, and has been voted one of the Best Doctors in America since 2005.

Kyu Rhee serves as the Chief Public Health Officer of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). HRSA
is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
HRSA is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or
medically vulnerable. The agency uses its $7 billion annual budget (FY 2009) to expand access to quality health care in
partnership with health care clinicians and health professions training programs.
Prior to joining HRSA, Dr. Rhee was Director of the Office of Innovation and Program Coordination at the National
Institutes of Health's National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Before that, he was Chief Medical
Officer of Baltimore Medical System Inc., the largest network of Federally Qualified Health Centers in Maryland. In
addition, Dr. Rhee served five years as a National Health Service Corps Scholar and Medical Director at the Upper
Cardozo Health Center in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Rhee is board-certified in internal medicine and pediatrics. He received his medical degree from the University of
Southern California and did his residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los
Angeles. Dr. Rhee also holds a masters degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard
University. He received his Bachelor degree from Yale University in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry.

Sharon Sass, R.D. is the Nutrition Education Advisor for the Arizona Department of Health Services. She directs
strategic planning and focuses on improvement of behavioral outcomes through nutrition education provided by the
Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity Programs. Completes special projects such as internal assessment of the
Department’s obesity programs and coordinates public health field experience for public health nutrition graduate
students and dietetic interns. Is an ASTPHND Director at Large and Chair of the Governance Committee.

Jennifer Seymour, Ph.D., has been an Epidemiologist in the Chronic Disease Nutrition Branch of the Division of
Nutrition and Physical Activity, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 2002 and has been at
CDC since 2001. Dr. Seymour received her Ph.D. in Nutrition and Health Sciences from the Division of Biological and
Biomedical Sciences at Emory University in 2000. She completed her dissertation while working at the National Home
Office of the American Cancer Society in the Epidemiology and Surveillance Research Department (1997-2000). She has a
B.A. in Anthropology from Rutgers University. Her research has focused on the relationship between fruit and vegetable
consumption and weight management, environmental and policy interventions to promote nutrition, and energy density.
Dr. Seymour was an Independent Scientific Reviewer for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 and she provided
technical assistance and scientific review to United States Department of Agriculture on the new food guidance system.
Currently Jenna is a Policy Advisor for the Let’s Move! Initiative in the Office of the First Lady.

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Jamie Stang is currently an Associate Professor and Chair, Public Health Nutrition Program, in the Division of
Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota School Of Public Health. She also serves on the
graduate faculties of Nutrition Science, Pediatrics and Maternal and Child Health at the University of Minnesota. Dr
Stang has a PhD in Nutrition Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota, a MPH from the University of North
Carolina-Chapel Hill in Public Health Nutrition, and a BS in community dietetics from the University of North Dakota.
She is a Registered Dietitian who has completed fellowships in Maternal and Child Health and General Pediatrics and
Adolescent Health as well as a post-doc in Maternal and Child Nutrition.
Dr Stang is the Director of the Leadership Education and Training Program in Maternal and Child Health Nutrition at
the University of Minnesota. This HRSA-funded training program provides graduate-level training and mentoring,
continuing education and technical assistance on a local, state, regional and national level. Dr Stang is also the Director of
the National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course, the only national training course on maternal nutrition in the US. This
course is jointly funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration and the
USDA, Food and Nutrition Programs.
Dr Stang’s research interests include community-based participatory research in the areas of obesity and type 2 diabetes
prevention, gestational diabetes prevention and treatment and nutrition issues in American Indian, low income and rural
communities. She teaches courses in Maternal and Infant Nutrition, Foundations of Leadership in Public Health Nutrition, Nutritional
Biochemistry, Child and Adolescent Nutrition, and Assessment, Prevention and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Obesity at the
University of Minnesota.
Dr Stang is an avid gardener. When she retires, she hopes to become a master gardener.

Makani Themba-Nixon is Executive Director of The Praxis Project, a nonprofit organization helping communities use
media and policy advocacy to advance health equity and justice. Current projects include Policy Advocacy on Tobacco
and Health (PATH) — a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative to build tobacco control policy advocacy in
communities of color; as well as numerous tools and resources that help people translate local problems into progressive,
effective policy initiatives. Makani was previously director of the Transnational Racial Justice Initiative (TRJI), an
international project to build capacity among advocates to more effectively address structural racism and leverage tools
and best practices from around the world. While at TRJI, she co-authored and edited a "shadow report" on institutional
racism and white privilege. Prior to that she directed the Grass Roots Innovative Policy Program (GRIPP) a national
project to build capacity among local organizing groups to more effectively engage in media and policy advocacy to
address institutional racism in welfare and public education. She was a staffer for the California State Legislature, served
as media director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference/Los Angeles, and worked five years for the Marin
Institute for the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems, including three years as director of its Center for Media
and Policy Analysis. Makani has published numerous articles and case studies on race, media, policy advocacy and public
health. She is co-author of Media Advocacy and Public Health: Power for Prevention, a contributor to the volumes We
the Media, State of the Race: Creating Our 21st Century, along with many other edited book projects. She is the author of
Making Policy, Making Change, which examines media and policy advocacy for public health through case studies and
practical information. The book is available from Jossey-Bass publishers. Her latest book, co-authored with Hunter
Cutting, is Talking the Walk: Communications Guide for Racial Justice.

Peter C. van Dyck, MD, MPH – Dr. van Dyck was appointed associate administrator for Maternal and Child Health in
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on August
17, 1999.
HRSA works to fill in the health care gaps for people who live outside the economic and medical mainstream. The agency
uses its $7.4 billion annual budget (FY 2005) to expand access to quality health care for all Americans through an array of
grants to state and local governments, health care providers and health professions training programs.
As associate administrator for HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Dr. van Dyck is responsible for a $1 billion FY
2004 budget. The Bureau is charged with promoting and improving the health of mothers, children, and families,
particularly those who are poor or lack access to care. It administers the Maternal and Child Health Services Block
Grants to the States and the Healthy Start Initiative, among other programs.

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Before coming to the federal government in 1992, Dr. van Dyck was director of the Family Health Services Division of the
Utah Department of Health and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Utah Medical Center, Salt Lake City. Dr.
van Dyck has consulted nationally and internationally, was president of the Association of Maternal and Child Health
Directors from 1978 - 1980 and chair of the Maternal and Child Health Section of the American Public Health Association
from 1989 - 1990.
Dr. van Dyck earned a Master of Science degree in physiology, a medical degree from the University of Illinois Medical
Center Chicago, and a master of public health degree in maternal and child health from the University of California,

James R. Whitehead is the Executive Vice President of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in
Indianapolis, Indiana, a position he has held since 1990. Prior to his appointment at ACSM, Whitehead served in
executive roles at the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery in Washington, D.C. (1987-1990),
and with other health related foundations and associations. Whitehead has published articles in health, public policy,
and organizational literature. His area of research and practice focuses on innovation within planning processes, as well
as health policy and administration. He has received honor awards from many professional associations, including the
International Academy of Sports Vision, the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sports Psychology, the Council
for Better Hearing and Speech, and the American College of Sports Medicine. Whitehead has served as a speaker,
panelist, or consultant for more than 125 organizations, including the U.S. Olympic Committee, the American Diabetes
Association, the American Heart Association, and the American Public Health Association. In adjunct capacities while at
ACSM, Whitehead served as executive director of the following organizations: Joint Commission on Sports Medicine
and Science, Wilderness Medical Society, and National Association for Health and Fitness. He also served as Executive
Director and President for the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA). Whitehead serves on
numerous boards, including the NCPPA, the National Institute for Fitness and Sports, Inclusive Fitness Coalition,
Alliance for Health Promotion, Female Athlete Triad Coalition and The Taylor Hooton Foundation. Whitehead is a
member of the American Association of Medical Society Executives, the American Medical Writers Association, the
American Association for the History of Medicine, the American Association of Political Consultants, and other societies
related to the fields of medicine, science, policy, and organizational development. Whitehead attended the University of
Alabama at Birmingham, receiving degrees in political science (public administration) and history (business and medical

Margo Wootan is the director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), one of the
country’s leading health advocacy organizations that specializes in food, nutrition, and obesity prevention. Dr. Wootan
received her B.S. in nutrition from Cornell University and her doctorate in nutrition from Harvard University’s School of
Public Health. Dr. Wootan co-founded and coordinates the activities of the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity
(NANA) and is a member of the Steering Committee for the National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance. She has coordinated
and lead efforts to require trans fat labeling, improve school foods, reduce junk-food marketing aimed at children, require
calorie labeling at fast-food and other chain restaurants, and expand the nutrition and physical activity program at CDC.
Wootan has received numerous awards and is quoted regularly in the nation’s major media.


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